The fundamental difference between Mussolini and Berlusconi

Is Silvio a cyborg?

Umberto Eco reviews a book by Marco Belpoliti which suggests that the two share an obsession with body-image strange to the ± pre-Kennedy political tradition (I believe provincial Roman towns merely put a new head on the statue when the tribes ate the governor and a replacement was sent). Exorcising Mussolini required thus that he be hung upside down, and that may of course still happen to Berlusconi. But while Mussolini gloried in his declining physique, Berlusconi has a surgical obsession with eternalising the ephemeral. Where this all fits in with the photographic santería of the mediocre, from Lorca to Lady Di, he does not tell us.

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Last updated 03/04/2009

This post pre-dates my organ-grinding days, and may be imported from elsewhere.

Eco (1): Eco may refer to:

Federico García Lorca (38): Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca, known as Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director. García Lorca achieved international recognition as an emblematic member of the Generation of '27, a group consisting of mostly poets who introduced the tenets of European movements into Spanish literature.

Italy (87):

Kaleboel (4307):

Lady Di (1):


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